ELKA ARISTOTLE OF LOME, TOGO 4 NOVEMBER 2019. KIDNAP OF 4 CREW MEMBERS / RELEASED.
December 13, 2019
European Products Carriers Ltd., managers of the Greek Flag, oil tanker ‘Elka Aristotle’, attacked by a criminal gang off Lomé, Togo, on November 4, in which four crew members were taken hostage, report that three of those taken have now been released.
They are safe and well, have had medical checks and are currently being debriefed by the local authorities prior to returning home to the Philippines, Greece and Georgia respectively.
Their families have been kept informed about their situation.
It is with great sadness, however, that the managers must confirm that the fourth crew member, a Filipino national, kidnapped and held hostage, has died.
A full investigation is under way into the situation, but it is understood that his demise was not as a result of any actions by those holding the crew hostage but due to illness.
Next of kin in the Philippines are being informed of the tragic loss.
The managers request that all families involved in this kidnap be allowed privacy at this time.
Greece: Dimitris Roulias +30 6946 799501
International: Pat Adamson + 44 7836 766 947